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Calcium, Vitamin D Prevent Crohn?s Bone Loss

Calcium, Vitamin D Prevent Crohn?s Bone Loss
BETHESDA, Md.--Scientists from the University of Canada in Alberta investigating the benefit of adding a popular bone building drug to vitamin D and calcium therapy for Crohn?s-related bone loss found the drug does not work, but the nutritional supplement therapy alone improved bone mineral density (BMD) by 3 percent to 4 percent per year. The American Gastroenterological Association published the results in the Feb. 7 issue of its journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (www2.cghjournal.org).

Researchers conducted a randomized clinical trial of 150 patients who had Crohn?s disease and who were classified by BMD--normal bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Patients with the latter two classifications were given vitamin D/calcium therapy or etidronate plus the supplement therapy. According to the results, etidronate added to therapy with vitamin D and calcium provided no additional benefit.

?Calcium and vitamin D alone provide benefit to Crohn?s patients who suffer from osteoporosis and osteopenia,? said Richard Fedorak, M.D., study author. ?We encourage physicians to look for loss of bone density in high risk patients with Crohn?s disease and to start calcium and vitamin D therapy immediately, if there is either osteoporosis or osteopenia.?

Patients with Crohn?s disease suffer loss of bone mass and an increased number of bone fractures due to treatment with corticosteroids, poor nutrition, active inflammation, and calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, according Charles Bernstein, author of an editorial appearing in the journal issue. The disease causes chronic inflammation of the intestinal wall and is characterized by pain in the abdomen, diarrhea and weight loss. The disease affects more than two million Americans, but the exact cause of the disease is not known.


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